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Christopher Jewell Ivy Tech Community College March 12 th 2008 CRJ-210 Research Paper: The Waco Siege
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As we enter law enforcement there are a lot of things we need to pay attention to in the area of police community-relations. We need to be kind to all, but also fair. We need to work by the discretion we are taught throughout our careers. But most importantly we need to take in to account how our actions are viewed by the person the actions are being committed on, and the community in which it is happening. This is the case involving the Branch Davidians. In early 1993 the Branch Davidians were living in a compound just outside Waco, Texas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Agency, and members of the local law enforcement all were involved in a fifty-one day siege that cost eighty men, women, and children their lives. The actions of the fifty-one day siege are still to this day one of the deadliest government versus civilian battles in our nations history. The actions of that period of time were a decade in the making. The leader of the Branch Davidian siege was David Koresh, born to the name of Vernon Wayne Howell according to thebiographychannel.co.uk. According to the website thebiographychannel.co.uk, “He became the Branch Davidian leader in 1986 after he kills his late wife’s son in the chest to gain control of power amongst the religious sect that broke off from the Church of the Seventh Day Adventists”(biographychannel.co.uk, 1999). In February of 1993, David had a warrant out for his arrest on suspicion of child abuse and illegal drug manufacturing. After a short gun battle when issuing the warrant, four ATF agents were killed and sixteen are injured, and an undisclosed amount were killed and injured of the Branch Davidians. After the assault, “Within three days of the initial firefight, at the time, President Clinton ordered to deploy military vehicles to the area as a security presence”(www.pbs.org, 1995). During this time the FBI was informed
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that Koresh was injured in the hip and left wrist. Later in the week, two of the FBI’s psychologists said that the ever growing military and tactical presence and ongoing negotiations was counterproductive according to www.pbs.com. According to www. apologeticsindex.org, “ About a week after the start of the incident, Koresh said if he made a tape of his teachings he would surrender, after making the tape and it being aired Koresh was told ‘by God’ that he was supposed to not give up. After the first week of negotiations, discussions were going nowhere. Koresh was getting impatient and the every growing tactical presence was not helping the situation. On March twelfth, the FBI decided, after many times of shutting it off and turning it back
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course CRJ 210 taught by Professor Coghill during the Spring '08 term at Ivy Tech Community College.

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